Incidental Fermat Projects #1: "which this margin is too small to contain"

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Blog entry by vipond33 posted 11-16-2012 06:07 AM 2022 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some projects are too small or too old or too plain to post yet have some fun and discovery in them. Sometimes a great proof. I don’t want to clutter the main site with these as I’d prefer to post more interesting stuff there.
I tried a forum topic on a similar thing but as is usual, it slips from view and participation. So, as George Carlin once remarked “I need to keep my stuff together”. Smile now.

intro old & plain

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 11-16-2012 07:10 AM

:) Perhaps Andrew Wiles can help you out. :)

Nice projects!

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#2 posted 11-16-2012 11:09 AM

Were I a poet, I might have something to say that matches the craftsmanship displayed here. Alas, I am a retired banker. Thanks.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#3 posted 11-16-2012 12:21 PM

Craftsmanship – first rate!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#4 posted 11-16-2012 12:25 PM

I guess that wonderful cabinet is not finished yet, am I right?
How are you planning to finish it?
Do you have pics of it finished?

Thanks for sharing!


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#5 posted 11-16-2012 12:27 PM

W O W ! Beautiful pieces and craftsmanship.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 11-16-2012 01:02 PM

Gene, I dont know why you didn’t post these in the regular forum in the first place. They are worthy for sure! How are the cabinet doors constructed? Are they flat panel? How did you cut the radius inside the rectangular shaped area? Would this be considered part of federal or victorian or ? style? The work is beautiful! :-)

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#7 posted 11-16-2012 01:19 PM

Impeccable workmanship; design another matter.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#8 posted 11-16-2012 04:47 PM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder….I think these are terrific and definately not too plain.
Thanks for posting them.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#9 posted 11-16-2012 05:48 PM

Hey Gene, thanks for continuing to post.
These are real gems. Such a treat to watch and learn.

You are an amazing guy,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 11-16-2012 06:20 PM


More terrific work. Thanks for sharing them with us.

There has to be a joke that starts off “Pierre de Fermat and George Carin walk into a bar…”

- Chuck

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#11 posted 11-16-2012 10:07 PM

Nice work!!! I would love to see that second one with some finish on it!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#12 posted 11-17-2012 05:20 PM

A priest, two nuns, a rabbi, a pastor, a preacher, a minister and an atheist -
Carlin, walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and says “What is this, some kind of a joke?”


Alas no pics of the bathroom cabinet with finish though it did have great depth of colour when done. Style? A mishmash, like this one.

The doors are flat panel layups with the boxwood inlay cut with an Olfa Compass Cutter (CMP-1), a marvelous little tool for cheap.

Stock inlays on the doors let in with knife, chisel and router plane.

“design another matter.”
I have made thousands of things in my life. Many of them I wouldn’t have in my house even if they were free but I approach them as difficult builds to be executed perfectly with only my mechanic’s skills. There is pleasure in that and a paycheck to take home. Most of the things that I’ll be posting here are simply examples of day to day life in a custom shop, where you do what you’re told but take away what you can.
Thanks for the comments.

Andrew Wiles?

The lead off picture is by my daughter as I was simultaneously taking a picture of her during our shoot for Blonde on Blonde. Three of of the published pictures are hers so indulge a dad, I think she should get a credit.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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